Profile Nobuaki Fukukawa 福川信陽 プロフィール情報

「Nobuaki Fukukawa, a native of Tokyo, began his career as the youngest ever principal horn of the Japan Philharmonic Orchestra at the age of 20. He is recognised as the most remarkable Japanese horn player of his generation, and his performances consistently attract critical acclaim: “He is the one horn player who has rewritten the history of brass-playing in Japan as well as raising the bar for all horn players,”  (Japan Horn Society,) “He is technically superb,” (Ongaku-no-Tomo Magazine,) “His graceful sound and innate musicality transported us to another world “ (Mainichi newspaper.)

He studied French horn with Tsutomu Maruyama and Prof. Masahiro Tanaka (principal horn of the NHK symphony orchestra) at Musashino Academia Musicae. He continued honing his skills in London with David Pyatt (principal horn of the London Symphony Orchestra) and Jonathan Lipton (London Symphony Orchestra). During his stay in London, he appeared as a guest player with London Symphony Orchestra several times. 

Now he is a member of the NHK Symphony Orchestra Tokyo, an orchestra which performs regularly under the batons of most of the world’s top conductors, including Seiji Ozawa, Herbert Blomstedt and Valery Gergiev.

As a soloist, Nobuaki has performed various horn concerti such as those by Bach, Mozart, Schumann, Strauss, Britten, Chabrier, Saint-Saëns, Knussen, Ruth Gipps (the Japanese premier) with Japan Philharmonic Orchestra, Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, Laska Festival Orchestra and Viva Musica. Conductors with whom he has collaborated include Neeme Järvi, Kenichiro Kobayashi, Tatsuya Shimono, Ryusuke Numajiri, Yukinori Tezuka, Toshiaki Umeda, and Sachio Fujioka.  He also appears regularly in recital series and chamber music concerts at celebrated halls in Japan, including Tokyo Bunka Kaikan, Suntory Hall, Tokyo City Opera, Tsuda Hall, Kitara Hall in Sapporo and the NHK Hall in Osaka. 

Nobuaki has channelled his passion for the horn into developing contemporary music for the instrument. He has commissioned many works and premieres these on a regular basis in his recitals. Recently his performances of both “Spiral Bird Suite for Horn and Piano (2011)” by an emerging Japanese composer, Takashi Yoshimatsu, and “Poyopoyo for solo Horn (2012)” by the world famous Japanese composer, Dai Fujikura, which were composed specially for him, gained unprecedented praise from the critics.

In 2010, Nobuaki Fukukawa released his first solo CD ‘Rhapsody in Horn,’ which includes Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue”, Chick Corea’s “Spain”, Freddie Mercury’s “Bohemian Rhapsody.” His second solo CD has a Japan theme. ‘Rhapsody in Horn 2’ includes four world premiere recordings, Toshio Hosokawa’s “Kleine Blume für Horn solo”, Shin’ichiro Ikebe’s “Horn gets angry, yet he chants”, Takashi Yoshimatu’s “Spiral Bird suite”, and Dai Fujikura’s “Poyopoyo” as well as Japanese traditional folk songs, Both CDs have been released by King Records, Japan.

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